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A Ghost Town in Australia

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Walhalla was a mining town in Victoria, the southernmost state of Australia. Walhalla was established in 1863 when gold was discovered in Stringer's Creek. It soon became a thriving town of around 6,000 prospectors and mining families during the following gold rush. They lived in harsh conditions but the town quickly became established with hotels and stores and the construction of commercial mines.

The gold resources slowly ran out and the town was abandoned. Today it has a population of around 20 people who keep the town tidy as a tourist attraction.

There is much historic interest remaining with mine tours, a tourist railway travelling through the beautiful rainforest crossing the Thompson River. It is in a valley with one road in and out. Still popular for people who like to fossick for gold. Thanks to the introduction of european trees the landscape is alive with colour during autumn. A perfect visit for photographers.



Posted by Jimfeatherby 22:49 Archived in Australia Tagged landscapes mountains bridges buildings trees victoria leaves travel australia town creek gold mining ghost walhalla

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